April 1, is PARKINSON’S AWARENESS DAY, and I have decided to mark this day on my blog as a tribute to a dear friend who suffers from Parkinson’s. Through our friendship, I have been made aware of the difficulties of living with this illness. Not that she complains, but I have learned to recognize some symptoms and know that her daily life is not easy. In spite of this, she always looks at the half-full glass, something that many of us can learn from her. I know that I have.
In memory of my late son who suffered from schizophrenia, I turn to the relevant researchers to move faster with their most important work as I want schizophrenia and other mental illnesses to be right near the top of the list. I know that no politician ever won votes for advocating more awareness for mental illnesses so maybe researchers will do the job.
My late husband suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and in his memory, I turn to all the Alzheimer researchers to work harder and much faster to find a way to alleviate the terrible symptoms because … every 71 seconds someone in the world contracts Alzheimer’s Disease, which is rather frightening.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road that you’re trudging seems like a hill.
When funds are low and your debts are high
And you want to smile, but can only sigh,
When cares are pressing down a bit, DON’T QUIT.
Success is failure turned inside out
There’s a silver tint on the clouds of doubt.
You can never tell how close you are
It may be near yet seems so far.
So … stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
‘Cause when things go wrong you MUST NOT QUIT.
When speaking to people suffering from one of the three illnesses mentioned above, please remember the following:-
- A CARELESS WORD MAY KINDLE STRIFE.
- A CRUEL WORD MAY WRECK A LIFE.
- A TIMELY WORD MAY LEVEL STRESS.
- A LOVING WORD MAY HEAL AND BLESS.